Just Try Not to Die
“'Just try not to die' is my standard advice for anyone helming a first feature. I nearly did, and I wouldn't recommend it."
What Festival Programmers Want You to Know
Festival directors and programmers are just as passionate and dedicated to films as the filmmakers themselves. But filmmakers primarily regard them as key gatekeepers in the journey of seeking and building an audience.
How to Cut a Really Great Reel Every Time
Remember that your reel isn’t the full conversation—it’s the start of one.
The Making of a Micro-Budget Road Movie - Part 1
It felt selfish and tone deaf to be scratching out a screenplay of all things while the world was falling apart.
Author of 'The Reincarnationist Papers,' Eric Maikranz, Discusses Trusting Your Readers
I didn’t talk about that because I was terrified that any artistic input that I might say … would end up diverting the course of this script one or two degrees from its true North and then it ends up in a deal that doesn’t get done.
There’s No Crowdfunding Fairy and Also Santa Has Diabetes
We need stories, and we need stories like yours. And you must believe and trust in that to get people to donate.
How I Hacked the YouTube Algorithm for 150k+ Views
Despite myself being an anxious asexual woman, I wasn’t a known entity in either of my other two segment communities yet. So, I started to do research.
Film Festival Advice (From a Recovering Wasteful Submitter)
Do I have key art chock-full of laurels? Sure. Do any of those laurels actually mean anything to anyone? Um … let’s move on.
Managing Self-Doubt in Crowdfunding and Marketing
Let’s find a strategy that works for you so you can go into the world confident and ready to share your story in the way most authentic to you.
Launch Party: The Practicalities of Taking an Impractical Leap
I didn’t become a full-time writer because it would support me financially—I did it so I could finally feel alive.
We Get There When We Get There
I don’t want to be famous. I don’t want to be the next ‘so-and-so’ anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still on my grind—I still bleed this shit. But I’m just ... enjoying the ride.
Layers of Self: How My Novel Grew Up With Me
When I was nine years old, I handed my parents the synopsis of a then-unwritten book scrawled in my chaotic handwriting. I announced that I was going to write a novel and get it published. My parents believed me. I got to work.
Actually, Your Movie Isn't "No Budget"
We all have the same $25, so why is my film not receiving accolades? It must be because I’m a failure as an artist and not because I didn’t get $20,000 worth of in-kind loans or volunteer labor offered by a cast and crew with expensive training and access to equipment.
Finding Creativity Within Constraints with Mark Duplass
Mark broke down creative struggles into three main stages—the creatively crashed, the creatively frustrated, and the creatively excited (albeit a bit directionless)—before providing ideas on how to push through each stage.
Can I Crowdfund If My Friends Are Broke?
Best practices are not to entirely depend on your friends and family but for your first campaign or two, it’s largely unavoidable. So what can you do if your starting “crowd” is broke?